My research interests are three-pronged: I engage actively in international, domestic, and regional musical performance; research resulting in written peer-reviewed publication; and interdisciplinary research–creation (work combining research, performance, and interdisciplinary activity). These research interests are supported by various granting organizations, including SSHRC (Insight Development Grant 2015), Canada Council of the Arts, New Brunswick Arts Board, FACTOR Canada, and Mount Allison University.
Since my arrival at Mount Allison, my research activity has produced a book publication (critical edition), a CD recording on a recognized Canadian label (ATMA Classique), a recording with Public International Radio, two articles, two book reviews, approximately 100 performances, 15 lectures, and over 35 workshops. I am a frequent lecturer and performer on early trombones at the Indiana University Bloomington Historic Performance Institute. In addition to these activities, I am the artistic director of the San Francisco Early Music Society Summer Baroque Workshop, a workshop that has expanded significantly under my leadership in faculty complement, participant numbers, donor base, and budget, and the Artistic Director of the Sackville Festival of Early Music.
I am interested in soundscape, shared cultural space, and the implications of interdisciplinary collaboration in the Fine and Performing Arts. In the past year, I have brought an interdisciplinary SSHRC IDG project "Where I Belong" to fruition. I collaborate regularly with Dr. Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota) and for this particular project with Indigenous artists, educators and musicians, Angee Acquin (Wolastoqew), Judie Acquin (Wolastoqew), Hubert Francis (Mi'kmaq), Brian Francis (Mi'kmaq) and Elder J. J. Bear (Wolastoqew). The project weaves maps, music, soundscapes, and words to create a performance which provokes thought about cultural and religious contact in the early modern world and tells the narrative of Acquin's grandmother, a survivor of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. The impact of the performance will create constructive dialogue about cultural contact and accommodation today. A recording in Sackville NB took place in May 2018; performances and a video recording are planned for 2019. Following the successful mounting of this project, we will publish on aspects of the project's conception, use of soundscapes, and collaborative processes. Our use of recorded and live soundscapes that engage with historical topics is unique and worthy of consideration.